I am having issues with what I think are skunks. We are surrounded by woods, and my gardens are fenced. The one that is the issue is along the stream. It’s mostly peonies and other perennials, with a few annuals for color and texture.
I an a no-till gardener, and the bed was started with cardboard, and wood chips, compost, and other fine things layered. They had crawled under the 4ft high chicken wire and dug in the perimeter of the bed. So, after consulting the oracle of google, I made a concoction of castor oil, dish soap, and peppermint and tea tree oils. I drizzled this around the edges. I then sprinkled inexpensive red pepper flakes on top of this. Then I took strips of rags that I had soaked in ammonia and tied them at intervals around the fence. This worked for the first night. This morning, there are places where they’ve dug. Anyone have experience in thwarting the critters?